Join us in celebrating the arrival of our newest staff member, Tracie Mooneyham, Coordinator of Special Projects. Tracie will be responsible for coordinating details of all Foundation events, communications and grants management.
Tracie comes to us from Randolph-Macon College (RMC) (BA 2016) and our own internship program. Robins has had a relationship with the summer internship program at RMC for several years, but we never placed an intern from the program into our own offices. That changed last summer – Tracie was our Operations and Administration intern and worked on a variety of projects including community engagement, communications and social media and grants management. She is a perfect fit for the Tribe – hardworking, detail oriented and easy going. Don’t let that fool you though- she has a dry sense of humor and is quick to laugh. She is also a part-time farmer, foodie and fashionista. She’s going to be great! Welcome Tracie!
To help you get to know Tracie, we had her answer a few tough questions:
Q: What makes you excited to come to work every day?
A: Every day is something different! I know to some extent what I’ll be working on but there is always the opportunity for something new and exciting to pop up.
Q: What will you be doing day to day?
A: A lot of what I will be doing is supporting the rest of the team in any way that I can; whether it’s research on a new topic or strategy in education, organizing convening’s here at the office, or putting together creative and engaging communications, I will be here to assist and learn.
Q: What got you interested in working at the Robins Foundation in the first place?
A: This started out as an internship for me that was encouraged by my career counselor at Randolph-Macon College. I knew nothing about philanthropy but knew that I had a deep interest in education and helping others to succeed in life. Robins Foundation became a natural fit for me!
Q: How long were you an intern at RF before starting full-time and what have you learned so far?
A: I started as an intern in June 2015 and transitioned to part time in January of this year. I have learned more about the many different sides of education, especially from a policy and program aspect. I’ve also learned more about Richmond and the community that exists here. I’ve lived 30 minutes away from the city my whole life but never knew about the challenges that exist here or the people who are trying to turn those challenges into opportunities.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I try to spend as much time outside as I can! I love to kayak on the Pamunkey River and hike the trails out where I live. I also love to cook, though I’m not that great at it!
Q: Favorite office music station
A: I’m on a movie soundtrack kick right now, but my go-to is jazz or swing music.
Q: Favorite thing about Richmond
A: You can find anything and everything in Richmond! Food, culture, adventure…there’s always something to do.
Q: Favorite place to eat in Richmond
A: So far my favorite place has been Lemon Cuisine- it’s a phenomenal Indian restaurant I like to visit.